There’s nothing else like Agoge. From the savannah of Namibia, the steppe of Mongolia, the frozen tundra of Iceland, to the jagged Great Wall, you’ll face brutal trials; mountain crossings, diving for clues, boma building, nomad wrestling, and more.
This 2022, the Spartan Agoge takes us to Slovakia. Alumni and first-timers alike take heed; you will not just experience what life in Slovakia more than 100 years ago was like - and all the hardships that entailed - you will live it.
Agoge has nothing to do with swag, although if you graduate you’ll earn the coveted Agoge medal. Agoge is about new experiences that will forever change your view of yourself, and the world. It has literally transformed people’s entire lives.
Your best preparation will be to complete several 12 hour Hurricane Heats, but Agoge’s length with lack of sleep makes it difficult to train for. You’ll need to work on your extreme endurance, spending long hours on your feet, completing complex tasks on no sleep and minimal food. Above all, your mind must be ready to endure one of the hardest trials of your life.
Each Agoge has a specific gear list that will be assigned to each student. Moving fast and light in all conditions, with a minimalist mindset to equipment while still carrying all items essential for survival, is a core philosophy. If you have backcountry experience, you’ll be familiar with much of the gear. Don’t worry if you do not - you’ll soon find out.